Rockford, Zeeland water polo put press on breast cancer

Teams raise over $1,900 for Komen Foundation

The Rockford High School Natatorium was a blaze of bright pink on Thursday, April 29, when the Lady Rams welcomed the Zeeland women’s junior varsity and varsity water polo teams to the Pink Polo Power fundraiser to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Grand Rapids.

Prior to the event, both teams sold pink t-shirts and pink polo balls to raise money, and the Rams hosted two bake sales at the high school. Sponsors D&W Fresh Market, Reds on the River, and the Gremel Group stepped up to help underwrite the pink polo caps, pink polo balls, pink officials’ shirts, pink rubber ducks, and other event costs, thus enabling the teams to raise $1,918.53.

Head Coach Scott Voltz congratulated both the JV and varsity Rams for their victories—JV with 8-5, and varsity with 8-4—over Zeeland, but emphasized the real victory of the night was “learning our efforts could help with breast cancer education, prevention, treatment and research right in our community.” Voltz also emphasized the collaborative efforts by the Zeeland team, as they too sold t-shirts and collected donations totaling over $600.

The JV Rams were led by freshman Adriana Craft with five goals and two steals and freshman Sara Karamol with two goals, one assist and two steals. Goalie Elli Raymond contributed five saves, one assist and one steal. Sophomore Sarah Smith scored one goal and had one steal.

The varsity won the first-quarter pink polo ball sprint and dominated the first three quarters of play, leading 8-1 at the start of the fourth. Zeeland rallied in the fourth with three goals to end the game 8-4. Junior goalie Tiffany Ellenbaas covered the corners in net, stopping nine attempts and stealing three balls. Sophomore Casey Wolfer led the scoring with three goals and two steals. Senior Christine Weston had two goals, and Ashley Gremel, Taylor Downs and Erica Finlayson each scored one goal.

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